Friday, March 24, 2000

May Festival performance to appear on PBS

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        For the first time in its 127 years, part of Cincinnati's May Festival will appear on national TV, with a concert taped in May to air later this year on PBS.

        WCET-TV (Channel 48) plans to tape the May 26 Music Hall perform ance of Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana by the May Festival Chorus, under the direction of James Conlon. Scheduled guests are soprano Sumi Jo, tenor Donald Kaasch and baritone Richard Paul Fink.

        Wayne Godwin, Channel 48 president and general manager, made the announcement at the WCET Board of Trustees annual luncheon Thursday. But the station has not lined up all funding — about $350,000 — for the production, station managers say.

        PBS will air the May Festival show through its regional arts initiative, which nationally distributed a 1997 Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert from Music Hall.


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